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Put a “SPRING” in Your Step with a Twist


It may have felt like a long winter, so it seems about time to look towards the next season. Check out some out-of-the-ordinary ways to put a spring in your step in Ames this month!


Nature fun:

Ready to embrace the outdoors? Grab your camera and head over to the Story County Conservation Center! Story County Conservation is holding their annual photography contest that is open to amateur photographers only. Get creative and take pictures of animal behavior, portraits of wildlife in their natural habitat, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature. Your pictures will be used to encourage people to enjoy the Story County Conservation parks and their natural areas. Photos must be submitted between March 4-22, 2019. Find the rules and details here.

Add some art to the outdoors with the 2019 Art in the Parks Birdhouse competition. Put your woodworking skills to the test and get creative with environmentally sensitive materials. Not only is this a fun way to get involved in helping the wildlife in this community, select birdhouses will be placed within Ames City parks for everyone to enjoy. Awards will be given to individuals in each category, and the winner will receive $100.00. Winners will be announced on April 22nd at the Octagon Center for the Arts.


Inside Activities:

Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market in Downtown Ames is just around the corner, but until then you can enjoy the ambiance of the outdoors inside at the North Grand Farmer’s Market inside North Grand Mall. Located near TJ Maxx and open on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, you can find farm-fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, homemade soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, furniture, flowers and so much more!

No need to take a walk through the actual woods when you can stay inside and visit Little Woods. Little Woods Herbs & Teas is tucked in Downtown Ames where you can find brewed tea hot or iced, nitro cold brew tea on tap, fresh baked scones, bulk herbs, spices, & loose-leaf teas by the ounce among a wide variety of other offerings. Check out some of their upcoming classes to learn more about the health benefits of teas and more.


Stay active:

Are you ready to learn some new moves? Every Sunday the Workspace housed in the Memorial Union at Iowa State University holds a walk-in Argentine Tango class. This multi-level class gets you to let loose and enjoy music and dance. From 4:00 – 5:00 pm, beginners are introduced to new moves and techniques. Then, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, the dance floor is open for everyone and will be guided by Valerie Williams, and for working with different partners. Intermediate levels will also be available during this time.

Springtime is the perfect time to get those biking legs stretched out! While you are enjoying your stay in one of our CYtes of Ames hotels, check to see if they are one of our CYtes Cycles partners, and take a spin around town on 2 wheels instead of four.


Home away from home:

Whether you are from out of town or just want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the week, Onion Creek Farm is the place to be! You can enjoy the peace and quiet located just minutes away from Ames. Stay in a single room or book a two-room suite and surround yourself with beautiful gardens, great sunsets and treat yourself to some nice walks in the woods.

Loya’s Little House Bed & Breakfast at Grandad’s Farm is another wonderful getaway. While offering spacious accommodations, a great deck with three big yards, one of the highlights of Loya’s is getting to enjoy wildflower hiking. Woodland and wetland flowers are all around the farm in the spring for you to hike around and explore. Some of the other activities you can experience with your stay is bird and wildlife watching, hiking trails, prairie, woodlands and running trails. Loya’s B&B has minimal light being the perfect place to watch the night sky.


Of course, there are plenty more options to help put a SPRING in your step this month in Ames. Visit for a calendar of events and a full list of things to EAT, DO, STAY and SHOP!